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Improving the Odds for America's Children: Future Directions in Policy and Practice

Improving the Odds for America's Children: Future Directions in Policy and Practice

by Kathleen McCartney
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ISBN-13: 2901612506899
Publisher: Harvard Education Press
Publication date: 04/02/2014
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Kathleen McCartney is the president of Smith College and former dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Hirokazu Yoshikawa is the Courtney Sale Ross University Professor of Globalization and Education. Laurie B. Forcier is senior academic projects manager at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Table of Contents


Foreword by Congressman George Miller ix

Kathleen McCartney, Hirokazu Yoshikawa, and Laurie B. Forcier 1

Prenatal and Infant health and Development
1 Health Care for Children: Forty Years of Health Policy 13
Sara Rosenbaum and Partow Zomorrodian

2 A Healthy Start Before and After Birth: Applying the Biology of Adversity to Build the Capabilities of Caregivers 28
Jack P. Shonkoff

Early Childhood Care and Education
3 A Great Beginning: Ensuring Early Opportunities forAmerica’s Young Children 43
Joan Lombardi

4 A Future for Preschool in the United States: Integrating Innovations from Global Perspectives 58
Hirokazu Yoshikawa and Kathleen McCartney

School Reform
5 The Past as Prologue to the Future: Envisioning School Reform for the Twenty-First Century 73
Deborah Jewell-Sherman

6 Building a Twenty-First-Century School System: Creating a Teaching Profession and Multiple Student Pathways 84
Jal Mehta and Robert B. Schwartz

The Achievement Gap
7 Confronting the Achievement Gap: A District-Level Perspective 101
Jerry D. Weast

8 Rising Inequality and the School Performance of Low- and High-Income Children 121
Greg J. Duncan and Richard J. Murnane

Vulnerable Children
9 Beyond Child Protection: Helping All Families Provide Adequate Parenting 135
Michael S. Wald

10 Child Protection and Child Welfare: Meeting the Needs of Vulnerable Children 148
Jane Waldfogel

Juvenile Justice
11 The Wheel Turns: Recreating a System of Justice for Juveniles 161
Robert G. Schwartz

12 Using Scientific Research to Transform Juvenile Justice Policy and Practice: A Modest Success Story and Some Suggestions for the Next Four Decades 174
Laurence Steinberg

Child Poverty
13 Policies to Reduce Poverty: Supporting Family Income as an Investment in Children’s Futures 189
Arloc Sherman, Robert Greenstein, and Sharon Parrott

14 The State of Research on Children and Families in Poverty: Past, Present, and Future Empirical Avenues of Promise 203
Eric Dearing

Afterword by Marian Wright Edelman 217

Notes 221
Acknowledgments 255
About the Editors 257
About the Contributors 259
Index 265

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